NEC Supports SB 424 – Tobacco Product Recyclability and Producer Responsibility Act

No Cig Butts. Credit Anne Maher

Senator Jackson is currently authoring a bill (SB 424) that seeks to eliminate plastic waste and pollution due to single-use tobacco products. The bill bans sale of single-use tobacco products, including single-use filters, single-use plastic devices needed for manipulation of tobacco products, and single use electronic cigarettes. It puts the responsibility of handling the waste back in the producer’s hands, vs organizations and municipalities paying for cigarette butt and other related waste removal. The Northcoast Environmental Center supports this effort and emailed Assemblymember Jim Wood the following letter of support.

We encourage all to send similar letters to the Assemblymember.

Assembly Member Jim Wood
State Capitol
PO Box 942849
Sacramento, California 94249-0002

Re:  SB 424 (Jackson) – The Tobacco Product Recyclability and Producer Responsibility –SUPPORT

 Dear Assembly Member Wood,

The Northcoast Environmental Center is writing you to request that you support SB 424 (Jackson), the Tobacco Product Recyclability and Producer Responsibility Act and continue to make California a leader on fighting plastic pollution and reducing waste. Single-use packaging and products in California generate tons of non-recyclable and non-compostable waste that impacts our health and ecosystems.

Filters in cigarette butts made from cellulose acetate plastic are the most common items that Northcoast Environmental Center volunteers find at street and beach cleanups throughout the North Coast. Cigarette butts discarded in parking lots, along sidewalks and in street gutters miles from the coast inevitably make their way through storm drains, creeks and rivers to the beach and ocean. In 2018 alone, our Adopt-a-Block volunteers picked up 21,162 cigarette butts off of sidewalks and streets in Arcata and Eureka!

It isn’t just a matter of unsightly trash and litter. Toxins, toxic chemicals, and carcinogens from cigarettes collect on the filter and are then washed into our waterways and the ocean. Birds and sea mammals often ingest these toxic filters, misinterpreting them for food.

It is time to take action to eliminate plastic pollution from tobacco products in California, please support SB 424.